Kirsten Ulrich
Kirsten Ulrich
After finishing my studies in dentistry at the RWTH Aachen University this year, I started my doctoral thesis in the research group of Prof. Ute Habel. For my doctoral thesis, I am working on a study that investigates the impulsive and aggressive decision-making behavior in patients with borderline personality disorder and major depressive disorder.
Semiha Apaydin
Semiha Apaydin
I am currently studying medicine in my 4th year at the RWTH Aachen University and I am working within the research group of Prof. Kerstin Konrad in the child and adolescent psychiatry department. In the course of my doctoral thesis I am investigating the brain-to-brain synchronicity of high risk mother-child-dyads using fNIRS to furthermore understand and break the intergenerational cycle of abuse
Felizia Langer
Felizia Langer
I am a medical student in my 5th year at RWTH Aachen University and I am part of the research group of Professor Mathiak. For my doctoral thesis, I am working on a fMRI- and EEG-based study that investigates the role of auditory mismatch negativity response as a biomarker of NMDA receptor function and impulsivity in patients with schizophrenia.
Clara Padis
Clara Padis
I am currently studying medicine in my 6th year at the RWTH Aachen University. I started my doctoral thesis in December 2020 as part of the working group of Professor Mathiak. For my doctoral thesis, I investigate the correlation of resting-state connectivity with symptom severity in traumatized individuals with refugee experience from Arab cultural background.
Marja-Lisa Berthold
Marja-Lisa Berthold
I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychiatry. I am studying medicine in my 9th semester at RWTH Aachen University. The topic of my research is “Exploration of Brain-Gut Interactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome via Neuroimaging in 7T MR Scanner” and my supervisor is Prof. Dr. Neuner.
Alexandra Ott
Alexandra Ott
My name is Alexandra Ott and I am studying medicine at the RWTH Aachen University since 2016. Since October 2020, I am working on my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor Habel. As part of a transgender study, I investigate possible correlations between gender dysphoria, psychopathology, and alternating hormone levels such as BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor).
Sophia Erdmann
Sophia Erdmann
I am a medical student in my fourth year and I am working on my doctoral thesis in the group of Professor Mathiak. My focus lays on the investigation of resting-state connectivity in impulsivity related neural networks modified by virtual environment fMRI neurofeedback.
Damian Matziol
Damian Matziol
I am studying medicine in my fourth year at the RWTH Aachen University and I belong to the research group of Prof. Dr. Klaus Mathiak at the department of psychiatry. For my doctoral thesis I am currently working on a real-time fMRI neurofeedback study which uses an aggressive virtual environment first-person-shooter paradigm to explore functional connectivity changes in depressed patients.
Rebecca Paetow
Rebecca Paetow
I am a medical student in 5th year at RWTH Aachen University. Due to my interest in research on aggression and psychopathy, I became part of Prof. Habel’s group. In my examination, I investigate the role of neurophysiological responses during the regulation of negative emotions.
Annika Gebel
Annika Gebel
My name is Annika Gebel and I am a medical student in my 5th year at the RWTH Aachen University. Due to my interest in psychiatric disorders I am working since spring 2018 on my doctoral thesis and I am therefore part of the APIC-study team supervised by Prof. Mathiak. My examination focuses on cognitive impairments of patients with schizophrenia and how gender affects different cognitive fields.
Linda Roes
Linda Roes
I am a fifth year medical student at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. Currently, I am working within the group of Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Mathiak on my doctoral thesis. The IRTG 2150 sparked my interest because of its interdisciplinary and international approach to aggression and impulsivity. My project, therefore, targets the motivation and impulsivity in depressive patients by conducting virtual-reality neurofeedback training in the MR-scanner.
Guido Mertens
Guido Mertens
I am currently studying medicine in my fourth year at the RWTH in Aachen. In my studies the field of psychiatry has always been my biggest interest. Through a scientific writing training I got in touch with psychiatric research regarding impulsivity and motivation, which heightened my interests and I started working on my doctoral thesis in the group of Prof. Mathiak. For my thesis I am conducting real-time fMRI neurofeedback training with depressive patients in virtual environments.
Anna Schulik
Anna Schulik
I am currently studying medicine in my 8th semester at the RWTH Aachen. My research projects subject is the multilevel stress response. Moreover, I am trying to find groups with different levels of stress vulnerability based on genotypes. Our group is working with a paradigm called ScanSTRESS, which is used to apply social stress in the fMRI scanner and measure its effects on a subjective, hormonal, vegetative and cognitive level. I work under the supervision of Leandra Nolte and Ute Habel and together with fellow IRTG member Anna Prothmann.
Svenja Esser
Svenja Esser
My name is Svenja Esser and I’m studying medicine at the RWTH Aachen University since 2015. Since March 2019, I have been working on my MD thesis in the group of Professor Habel and my direct supervisor is Dr. Wagels. My research focuses on gender differences in reactive aggression and frustration tolerance in depressive patients. I investigate these aspects in the patients using different provocation paradigms.
Amelie Conze
Amelie Conze
I am a fifth year medical student at the RWTH Aachen. My thesis, which I am writing under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Neuner, focuses on social-emotional changes in patients with Diabetes insipidus centralis. I’m specifically examining the influence of a socially aversive stimulus on reward learning.
Annika Hermes
Annika Hermes
I am currently studying medicine in 5th year at RWTH Aachen University. I am investigating the role of social exclusion on emotions like aggression and insecurity within patients with central diabetes insipidus who are lacking a hormone called vasopressin. I work under the supervision of Dr Mikhail Votinov, Prof Dr Irene Neuner and Prof Dr Adrian Raine.
Ruth Spaniol
Ruth Spaniol
My name is Ruth Spaniol and I study medicine in the 9th semester at the RWTH Aachen University. Currently I’m working on my doctoral thesis on the supervision of Prof. Irene Neuner. My research focuses on the social-emotional changes under an absolute vasopressin deficiency in probands with central diabetes insipidus.
Michelle Finner-Prével
Michelle Finner-Prével
I completed medical school at RWTH Aachen University last year. In January 2020 I started working on my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Mathiak. It focuses on the influence of vitamin D on plasma levels of antipsychotics in schizophrenic patients and symptom control, including psychotic symptoms, impulsivity and aggression.
Nilufer Fakour
Nilufer Fakour
I finished medical school at Akdeniz University in 2017. Then i started to work in April 2020 with the team of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Mathiak in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. For my MD thesis project i will be investigating the impact of a common variant of the glutamate ionotropic receptor NMDA type subunit 2A (GRIN2A) gene on resting state fMRI functional connectivity, impulsivity and cognition in schizophrenia and ADHD
Anna Prothmann
I am a 5th year medical student at the RWTH University in Aachen. Starting of March 2019, I have been working on a project for my doctoral thesis in the Department of Psychiatry with my fellow student Anna Schulik, supervised by Leandra Nolte and Prof. Dr. Ute Habel. Our research investigates the effects of gender, genetics and epigenetics on the acute multilevel stress reaction. While inducing psychosocial stress on the subjects during an fMRI scan, we evaluate the physiological, hormonal, neural and psychological response. My thesis will focus on the significance of sex and the gonadal hormones on the response to acute stress.
Simon Knobloch
My name is Simon Knobloch , I am a medical student in my 6th year at RWTH-Aachen. My thesis, which I will write under the supervision of Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Ute Habel, will focus on Recognition of Emotion and Empathy in schizophrenic patients and a healthy control group and is based on functional magnetic resonance imaging. It is part of the APIC study, a larger study assessing the potential neurotoxic effects of antipsychotic medication.